By Amanda Wicks for

Ryan Seacrest may have called Carrie Underwood the biggest star to emerge from American Idol‘s lengthy run, but it looks like Adam Lambert may be the most hard working. At least from an earnings perspective.

Related: Ryan Seacrest Calls Carrie Underwood “Biggest” American Idol 

Forbes released their list of Top Earning American Idols of 2015, and Lambert came in first, ahead of other big stars from the show like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry. In 2015, Lambert raked in over $10 million, while Underwood came in second with $8 million.

It helps that Lambert played numerous arena rock shows as the frontman of Queen, who brought him on board for their first tour in six years.

Rather than impersonating legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May said of Lambert, “One of the great things about Adam is that he’s never an imitator. He finds his own way with the songs. That’s what we want: we want our songs to be alive and dangerous, and open to change. We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think we were going into new territory.”

By bringing his own unique take on Queen’s music to the stage, Lambert proved he’s got the earning power to back up his vocal chops.


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